Are you ready to Rodeo? Well, Ranch Rodeo that is. The North Dakota State Fair is back again, geared up for some Great. Big. Fun. and ready to watch you and your team compete in the 2012 Ranch Rodeo. Registration will begin on June 1 – June 17 with an entry fee of $160. If we have more than 20 teams enter we will hold a random drawing on June 18 to fill the competition places. This year we’re adding a 2nd night of Ranch Rodeo! In this 5th annual competition teams of cowboys and cowgirls will compete against each other in events that display somewhat typical ranch jobs, such as trailer loading, team mugging and even wild cow milking!
See below for a brief description of the events:
Trailer Relay Race – Two trailers, each with 4 saddled and bridled horses loaded in the trailer with the tail gates latched, will be placed in the arena. The first contestant will race out of the truck and unload their horse from the trailer, make a lap around the arena and enter their designated area behind the trailer, pass the baton to their team mate and repeat until all team mates have completed a lap, loaded their horse, and returned to the pickup.
Trailer Loading – Cattle will be held at one end of the arena with a trailer parked at the opposite end. When a number is announced and the whistle is blown, the team will chase steer across the line before roping. Once the steer has crossed the line the team has to rope and load it in the designated trailer. The competition will be completed when the tail gate is latched with only the designated steer in the trailer.
Team Mugging – Cattle will be numbered and held behind a chalk line. When a number is announced and the whistle is blown the team will chase the steers across the line before roping. Once the steer has crossed the line it can be roped or bulldogged and then mugged. Other contestants will wrestle the steer down and tie 3 legs together. This competition will be complete when the head rope is removed and the tie is completed.
Range Doctoring – All cattle will be numbered and held behind a chalk line. When the number is called and the whistle is blown the team will chase the steer across the line before roping. The steer will be headed, heeled, and laid on either side. A contestant will make a mark between the eyes using a colored marker while the steer is lying on its side. The time will be stopped and the competition will be complete when all ropes are removed.
Wild Cow Milking – When a number is announced and the whistle is blown the time will chase the cow across the line and rope it with as many ropes as needed. The other team members will stop the cow and milk it into the bottle. The bottle will then be taken to the designated area by a team member concluding the competition.